Stock Analysis

This morning, Wall Street traders and brokers will wake up and say, "Goodbye February." After seeing all of 2007's stock gains wiped out this past Tuesday, people who make their living selling stocks are welcoming this first day of March with optimism. It was Shakespeare that coined the…

In early February, I wrote about Trina Solar Ltd. (NYSE/TSL) as being one of the hottest newly listed China stocks on the market. At that time, the stock was trading around $27.50 per share. Now, it's trading around $50 per share with significant trading interest from institutional investors.…

There's nothing like making money from a boring business. Several people I knew in college went on to work for consulting companies, traveling all over the place advising corporate customers how to improve their businesses. The consulting business is an odd industry. I've always found it to be…

Previously, I mentioned two new China stocks as being really hot. Of the two, Trina Solar Ltd. (NYSE/TSL) is definitely the hottest. This stock is liquid, it has a huge following, and it represents a great opportunity for traders. Make no mistake, however, that what goes up can…

Do you speculate in stocks? If you do, you may want to manage your risk by buying call options to bet on the stock rather than buying the stock outright. Moreover, given the current near record levels in stocks, you may not want to take significant positions because…

It's that time of year again, I'm afraid. It's time to talk about retirement planning. If you recall, last week I talked about not overdoing your contributions to the retirement plan, but to put something aside to pay off your mortgage and enjoy a thing or two in…

Although Canada is in a deep freeze now, it's a fact that winter has been unseasonably warm until recently. As an illustration, the second day of the New Year, I went biking on Toronto's miles- long trails. The day was too warm to pass by. I also remember…

The DOW cracked 12,700 last week for the first time ever. The NASDAQ previously broke above 2,500, but it was unable to hold. The charts suggest some near-term topping at this time despite the bullish market sentiment. Given the buying, stocks are clearly technically overbought at this time…

Although it's not always easy to do, you can make a truckload of money getting in on the right turnaround situation. Most investors typically look for stocks that are going up. True enough, very often, you can do well jumping on the bandwagon. Going with the trend (momentum…

A couple of years ago, my husband and I finally caught up with our RRSP allowed contribution limit. Ever since, we've made sure our annual contributions are maxed. My husband figured this would be one instance where it's ok to be maxed out (as opposed to our credit…

An older investment theme that's done well over the last 18 months is alternative energy. Now, this investment theme covers a lot of companies and a lot of new technology. Domestic solar energy stocks are still hot, but not as hot as they used to be. Two new…

The party continues, dear reader. Stocks are making new highs, and people are spending like there is no tomorrow. Why? I really don't know. It seems as though the real estate market is the only place not having fun anymore... No, the real estate agents and brokers are…

One technology company that I really like is Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ/CBEY). As I've mentioned before, the technology sector is growing again, and the telecommunications technology sector, in particular, is really experiencing a resurgence. This sector of the economy deserves some renewed attention. Cbeyond, based in Atlanta, sells voice,…

Apparently, Canadians are fully aware of the importance of hiring a professional to devise appropriate investment and financial plans. Yet, there is an odd reluctance to do the right thing, which, among other things, potentially leaves the doors wide open for fraudsters. Here are some scary statistics. According…

Over the past two months, the broad stock market averages have done well. From my perspective, the stock market’s done exceedingly well. Considering that we’ve experienced high oil prices, war, inflation, and a general disinterest from the investment community, I’m quite surprised that stock market indices have gone…

According to an international study analyzing the mutual fund industry in 18 industrialized countries, Canada leads the pack in how much we're paying for the benefit of mutual fund managers' investment expertise. Finally, Canadians are on top of something, even if that something is mutual fund fees. I…

Right now the stock market is in a fragile state. It just doesn't know where it wants to go. The good news is that the price of oil and gasoline is falling so consumers will feel better about filling up at the pump. My best guess so far…

Just the other day, I was writing about the stock market's lackluster performance, highlighting technology stocks as a market sector generating all kinds of excellent investment opportunities. What happens is that the large-cap names always get the headlines. This has a significant effect on overall investor sentiment and…

Recently, I told you about a really innovative American company that's revolutionizing the car seat business. Now, in most luxury cars or trucks, you can not only get heated seats, but also cooling seats for those really hot days. If you've ever had a leather interior in your…

The struggle continues for video rental company Blockbuster Inc. (NASDAQ/BBI) as it battles declining sales at its stores and a rising trend in online rentals and video-on-demand. The company had misjudged the growing importance of the online DVD rental market, which has been on a strong positive trend.…